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Over 100 Holocaust Survivors Gather For Passover Seder In Montgomery County

Holocaust survivor Manya Perel (Credit: Mike Dougherty)

Holocaust survivor Manya Perel (Credit: Mike Dougherty)

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By Mike Dougherty

MERION STATION, Pa. (CBS) – More than 100 holocaust survivors gathered under one roof Sunday afternoon in Montgomery County for a pre-Passover Seder at the Merion Tribute House.

Passover is a celebration of liberation. Freedom will never be taken for granted by Manya Perel, who escaped the Nazis as a teenager.

“I was in eight concentration camps. I call them death camps. I appreciate, not every minute, every second that I am alive because I saw death not every minute but every second,” says Perel.

This intergenerational Seder is organized by Jewish Family and Children’s Services, where Elisa Goldberg is Rabbi.

“We wanted to do something that was celebratory. Some of the people who are going to be coming aren’t going to have a chance to celebrate Passover with family members,” Rabbi Goldberg explains.

She says young people need to hear the stories of violence and war to realize how precious freedom is.